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Old 11-08-18, 08:46 PM
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Help me ID this old steel lugged beauty.

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I'm new to the forums, signed up because I really want to ID this old frame I picked up. All the decals were already gone, and I noticed some markings that say "...precision mechanics..." and a serial number under the bb says "A200152" which googling did not help. I know these types of lugs must be very appreciated so maybe it's possible to ID this frame from all this combined info? Any help is appreciated!!

I can't post images directly, or post a url so you'll have to add the http because it's a new account but here's the google photos album
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Old 11-08-18, 08:59 PM
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So what you will want to do is go around and post elsewhere in the forum and get your post counts up. Become a member of the community don't just hit it and quit it. This is a fun place and the people who take all the time to sign up and leave almost right after miss out on that.

For better answers to your question there is a Classic and Vintage Appraisals sub-forum they tend to have some folks who are good with that stuff. If you look around the Bike Forums you will find it as well as see the other sub forums around here that you can take part in.
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Old 11-08-18, 11:03 PM
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Likely a C.Itoh, made by Bridgestone in the early 70's. " Tested Finest Bicycle with Precision Mechanism"

Looks like one turned up here about ten year years ago - Suntour V

Drivetrain and brakes match my '73 Fuji Finest. Probably double butted chrome moly. Interesting lugwork and original paint appears to have been pearl white. This could make a good winter project!

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Old 11-09-18, 09:14 AM
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The lugs are different, but here's a pic of a Bridgestone frame with a better original paint job.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Bri...-/173061373747

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(I tried posting so many times but no matter what I get the not allowed to post URL error even tho I have no URLs in my post)
I'm sorry for just joining because I'm excited about this frame. I'll try and hang out and contribute.

I found this frame on ebay (ebay# 302289312070) and I think you're right that it's a C Itoh. Do folks feel like that is a frame worth putting money into restoring. Sheldon Brown says on his website that they are "crummy"

On this forum there is a post titled: "Are all C. Itoh cheap rubbish?"
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(I tried posting so many times but no matter what I get the not allowed to post URL error even tho I have no URLs in my post)
I'm sorry for just joining because I'm excited about this frame. I'll try and hang out and contribute.

I found this frame on ebay (ebay# 302289312070) and I think you're right that it's a C Itoh. Do folks feel like that is a frame worth putting money into restoring. Sheldon Brown says on his website that they are "crummy"

On this forum there is a post titled: "Are all C. Itoh cheap rubbish?"
I believe you have to have 10 posts?

I hope you do stick around, this is a really great place to chat about bikes and argue about the silly idioms of cycling and components and meet some really cool people and see some neat bikes. You can share your knowledge and get some great knowledge from others.

C.Itoh I believe is Bridgestone's lower end brand. To help meet the needs of the bike boom. Sheldon Brown is usually one to listen too. He knew his stuff and was a fountain of bike knowledge. If you can get the bike super duper cheap and you have spare parts laying about it could be an interesting project but if you are putting real money into it I would pass. Tons of great vintage bikes out there and plenty of great steel bikes still being made.
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